Norovirus Outbreak In UK: Know All About The Highly Infectious Virus

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London: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new virus outbreak has been reported in the UK, which is spreading like wildfire.

Public Health England (PHE) recently issued a warning after finding a jump in norovirus cases during a routine surveillance.

In the five weeks since the end of May, 154 cases of norovirus have been recorded in England, according to PHE.

What Is Norovirus?

Norovirus is also known as the winter bug and usually strikes during the winter months. However, it is infecting people in the UK now as well. It is easily spread by contact with sick people or contaminated surfaces.

Norovirus is very contagious and causes vomiting and diarrhoea, although it generally clears up in a few days.

The majority of infections are caused by coming into touch with sick individuals or contaminated surfaces, or by consuming contaminated food and drink.

What Are The Symptoms?
The signs and symptoms of norovirus as listed by CDC include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • In some cases, it can cause intestine or stomach inflammation, which is also known as acute gastroenteritis.

Precautions

As we continue to take precautionary measures against Covid-19, here are some precautions you should take to avoid the contraction of the highly infectious, norovirus:

  • Quarantine yourself in case you experience any symptoms of norovirus.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, using soap and water. Unlike COVID-19, alcohol sanitisers do not kill norovirus, therefore soap and water are the best options.
  • To disinfect contaminated household surfaces, use a bleach-based household cleaner or a mixture of bleach and hot water.
  • Avoid cooking or eating with others at least 48 hours after recovering from the infection.
  • Any contaminated clothes or bedding should be washed with detergent and at 60 C, and contaminated objects should be handled with disposable gloves if feasible.
  • People infected with the virus should take rest and stay hydrated.

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